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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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US 295 European Cinema: Politics, Melodrama, Entertainment

The class will focus on recent European cinema, in particular how popular genres (melodrama, comedy, etc.) reflect on the sociopolitical struggles of contemporary Europe. We will consider productions from several European countries (France, Italy, Germany, Spain, UK, etc.) to examine how such films comment on social reality in confronting issues that are challenging public opinion in Europe and around the world. We will examine how these films appeal to the audience’s emotional response, whether that is tears, laughter, anger, or fear. Social issues to be examined will include especially immigration and racism, economic crisis, class differences, and sexuality and gender expectations.